Please enable JavaScript to properly view our site.

Police arrest 5, use pepper spray in confronting 1,000 protesters blocking Lancaster city street Sunday

From the Several days of police brutality protests in Lancaster lead to tangible community change [full coverage] series

A chanting, multiracial crowd of protesters, over 1,000 strong, confronted a phalanx of helmeted, shield-wielding police officers during a tense standoff Sunday afternoon near Lancaster city police headquarters that was punctuated by five arrests and indiscriminate use of pepper spray.

Police finally pulled back after Mayor Danene Sorace addressed the protesters with a bullhorn, saying to cheers, “I welcome you to this street!”

The drama unfolded during a second day of protests in downtown Lancaster that mirrored those around the country sparked by a video that captured a black man’s death at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis.